Joel Edgerton in Dark Matter: Adaptation Coming to Apple TV+
Author Blake Crouch is no stranger to adaptation. With Chad Hodge, he adapted his novella trilogy Good Behavior, for instance, for the TNT series of the same name. Hodge also adapted Crouch’s Wayward Pines trilogy for the Fox show of the same name. And since he likes things in threes, here comes a third show. Joel Edgerton is starring in Dark Matter, another Blake Crouch novel adaptation.
Dark Matter By Blake Crouch a Standalone Sci-Fi
Good Behavior is kind of a departure from Crouch’s usual work. It’s more of a crime-type story, which follows a con artist as she becomes involved with a hitman. Most of the time, though, Crouch’s work tends toward the science-fictional. Wayward Pines is a good example of that.
Wayward Pines promo art, image via Fox
It’s about a Secret Service Agent who finds himself in the title town after a serious car accident. He’s fine, but there’s a pretty big problem. He can’t seem to leave the town. What follows, at least in the first book Pines, is one of the most devastating plot twists I’ve read since Stephen King’s Revival.
Dark Matter, on the other hand, is a mite bit more upbeat. Just a bit. Some sources might describe it as an exercise in the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. Other (official) people might say it’s about the road not taken. I, a platinum-certified Hot Dummy™, say, “It’s like, Sliding Doors?” (I have not actually seen Sliding Doors.)
Basically, though, in a non-spoilery nutshell, it is all of that. Jason Dessen, a college physics professor, is living a happy life in Chicago with his wife Daniela and their son Charlie. That is, until someone kidnaps him. He emerges from a drug-induced haze to find himself in an alternate reality.
Then, according to the official plot description, “Wonder quickly turns to nightmare when he tries to return to his reality amid the multiverse of lives he could have lived. In this labyrinth of mind-bending realities, he embarks on a harrowing journey to get back to his true family and save them from the most terrifying, unbeatable foe imaginable: himself.”
Adaptation of Dark Matter Will Star Joel Edgerton
Crouch is adapting and will serve as showrunner for the new show. Dark Matter will star Joel Edgerton as Dessen. He, of course, is also appearing in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show on Disney+. And if you missed it, one of his movies made the list of my Top 10 Killer Kids. His most recent work has incidentally been in other adaptations, specifically the miniseries Underground Railroad and the film The Green Knight.
Edgerton in Underground Railroad, image via Amazon Studios
Apple TV+ has already ordered a full season of the show. It will comprise 9 episodes. Crouch’s adaptation duties will see him writing the series. Louis Leterrier will direct the first 4 episodes. He’s directed such films as the Transporter series, Now You See Me, and the 2008 version of The Incredible Hulk. (That was the Edward Norton one, yes.) He’s also directed episodes of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and Lupin, both of which are available on Netflix.
The TV show Dark Matter, of course, will be available in the future on Apple TV+. We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, you can read Dark Matter, the book by Blake Crouch, now.
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at [email protected]